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Top 10 LinkedIn Groups Job Seekers Must Join

The beauty of LinkedIn is that it allows the employer and/or recruiter to find you instead of the other way around. By keeping a high profile, you will be noticed and contacted sooner rather than later. You keep a high profile by being active, joining groups and getting involved in discussions. Joining relevant groups on […]

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It’s Interview Questions & Answers Time!

During the interview, you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability for the job. Why have they asked you this particular question? What are they trying to find out? 
Below are some of the more commonly asked questions, and some simple suggested responses.
 
Q: Tell me about yourself?
 
A: They want you to open up to them. Tell them about your qualifications, career history and range of skills. You may even want to tell them a little about your hobbies and interests – it shows what motivates you.
 
Q: What has been your greatest achievement so far?
 
A: This doesn’t have to be work related. The interviewer is trying to find out if you are an achiever. Demonstrate how you achieved and how it has benefited you. Do you still use those skills?
 
Q: What are your strengths?
 
A: We all have them, it’s just acknowledging them in a proficient manner. Try to look at personal attributes such as ‘I’m a team player’, or ‘I have great attention to detail’, then demonstrate how they could be a benefit to an employer.
 
Q: What are your weaknesses?
 
A: The interviewer wants to see how self-aware you are. Don’t use personal weaknesses such as ‘I find it hard to get out of bed in the morning’. A weakness can also be considered a strength. Use a professional weakness such as lack of experience (training can always overcome that) or one that can be turned around into a strength such as ‘I’m very focused at work, so sometimes people think I’m ignoring them’.
 
Q: How would your family/friends/spouse describe you?
 
A: Another way of asking how you perceive yourself. Choose three or four adjectives that show the positive side of your personality, such as ‘they would say I’m outgoing, reliable and loyal’.
 
Q: Why do you think you’re suitable for this role?
 
A: If you haven’t done your research, you’ll not be able to give an answer with substance. Use your prepared list and match your skills and personal attributes. By this stage, the interviewer should have told you about the role. If they haven’t, ask them to explain it fully, then give them your answer. You cannot tell them you’re the perfect candidate if you don’t know what the job is.
 
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years time?
 
A: Do not be tempted to respond in an arrogant manner – i.e. ‘in your chair’. The interviewer wants to know your motivation and career aspirations. Whilst wanting to progress is a natural desire, don’t let this overshadow the job you are being interviewed for. Try not to give a specific job title, but more what you will be gaining from a role and environment. Such as ‘I see myself in a role that allows me to be autonomous, and one that is both challenging and rewarding.

Final points to bear in mind
 
The interview is a two way process. You will have a chance to ask questions, but make sure they are relevant to the role and company. Do not get involved in discussing money at this stage – unless the interviewer asks you. Remember that the questions you ask tell the interviewer more about you than some of the answers you give.

For more on Job Interview Questions, click here.

This is a guest post by Image credit JD Hancock

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How to Find Your Next Job on Twitter

The free social media and micro blogging service that we know as Twitter has quickly become a fantastic channel for your personal branding. It complements your online presence on other platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn. Some argue that Twitter has become a pivotal tool for connecting job seekers with recruiters, as it is very direct, […]

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The Man That Sold Skype Tells His Story

Danish entrepreneur Morten Lund made millions when he and a few other early investors exited Skype and sold up to eBay to the tune of $2.6 billion. He was forced to declare personal bankruptcy in early 2009, after a newspaper venture turned sour.  

Morten doesn’t let this get him down and although he lost all his money, he still has what matters to him. Start watching from about 2.30, I hope he will inspire you like he has me.

How would you deal with losing a fortune?   

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What is the Secret to Personal Branding?

You might have heard about personal branding, it is a much hyped concept that is all over the web at the moment. How does it affect us normal folks and what can we do to make the most of personal branding? This article will briefly explain what it is, what you should be doing and […]

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Why You Should Never JUST Work for Money [Top 5 Reasons]

Why do you do what you do for a living? If you say that you love what you do, you are lucky. Only a small minority can actually claim to be happy doing what they do. Most people will say they do their job for the money. They would ideally want to do something different […]

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5 Ways to Set AND Achieve Your Personal Goals

This article is all about goals, why they are important, how you can set them and finally how to achieve them. First off, what is a goal? Well in this context, a goal is a personal objective. Something you want to achieve within a specific period of time. All successful people are goal oriented. They […]

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6 Simple Steps to Being Happier at Work

We spend a lot of time at work, from Monday to Friday probably more waking time in the office than with our families and loved ones. If we are to cope with this, we have to make sure we make the most out of our work time and enjoy it. 1. Positivity and smiling Positive […]

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Life Lessons by Steve Jobs

You might have seen or heard about this video, it’s the commencement speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford back in 2005. It is very inspirational and worth investing your time to watch. Image: Shutterstock RELATED: Are You a Manager of Teams or a Leader of People?.